SWFL tango teachers open Argentinian cafe

Posted at 11:30 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 12:48:51-04

At the corner Tamiami trail and Rosemary lane, A Naples couple is dancing to a new beat.

"Because of tango we used to go to bed at 4 a.M., not we get up at 4 a.M. To bake the things," said Pablo Repun.

Pablo and his wife Alicia are professional Argentinian tango dancers.

"We met through tango, he was my instructor," Alicia said.

And they'd been teaching the dance successfully for years, but recently their rhythm was interrupted by COVID-19.

"When the virus happened, suddenly I couldn't teach anymore because tango is a close embrace. So, I was afraid, because I have to support my family, pay the bills, things like that," said Pablo.

To help make ends meet, and in the middle of a global pandemic, the couple says they stepped out on faith and focused their energy on another passion: Argentinian food.

And after a few months of planning, they opened Locos x Argentina or "Crazy for Argentina."

The bakery and cafe allows customers to get a taste of the couple's culture.

"[We have] empanadas and cakes and we have a very peculiar way to bake things. And we bake everything fresh in the morning," said Alicia.

So far they say business is booming.

And considering the times, they couldn't be anymore grateful.

"We were very afraid of the response. And we never expected, ever in our wildest dreams. We thought we were going to have to work it so hard bring people in and people are coming here nonstop," said Alicia.

The couple tells FOX 4 they're not giving up tango just yet.

They're planning to return to the dance floor as soon as it's safe to do so.

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